Growth in the fast-casual sector is having a deep impact on the restaurant industry as operators in other segments try to imitate its successful strategies, the NPD Group said Wednesday.
Fast-casual restaurant chains grew their unit counts by double digits over the last three years, according to NPD’s Recount, a biannual census of restaurant unit counts.
Still, the fast-casual segment remains relatively undeveloped, accounting for only about 4 percent of the more than 60 billion visits to all restaurants in the year ending in June 2011, NPD said. By comparison, about 61 percent of those visits were to quick-service restaurants. Read More